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Unformatted text preview: Schwartz 1 Meagen Schwartz English 122 Mr. Bancroft March 9, 2008 A Pimple for a Dimple 60 million Americans bear active acne on a daily basis (Online Guide). There was just over $4 billion spent this past year on the treatment of this confidence busting plague (Strickland). The process of a pimple forming is quite a simple one. Every body has thousands of sebaceous glands meant to hydrate skin, through the manufacturing of oil, and aid in the production of new cells. These glands are the densest on the face, upper back and chest, thus the prominence of acne in these places. An obstruction of the pilosebaceous canal is the primary source for zit making. This happens through an overproduction of sebum which in turn triggers the cell lining of the follicle wall to grow rapidly. The excess of dead cells and sebum plugs the canal and soon Propionibacterium, the bacteria normally on the surface of a face, invades the clogged ducts and attract the immune systems white blood cells. The infected area becomes inflamed as a dermal war rages between bacteria and white blood cells (Online Guide). So whos to blame for this swollen mess? The responsibility for the demise of a once impeccable complexion can be given to one or a combination of the following: unfortunate genetics, harmful chemicals present in an environment, products that applied to the facial area, and lastly, stress. There are many studies that show a correlation between diet and severity of acne. For example, a study conducted by RMIT University of Melbourne, Australia that was published in the July 2007 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that acne patients aged 15 to 25 who followed a low-glycemic diet (twenty-five percent of energy from protein and Schwartz 2 45 percent from low-glycemic-index carbohydrates) had a reduction in acne lesions vs. a control group that consumed a diet rich in carbohydrates. But one must remember that correlation does not equal causation. A diet rich in carbohydrates does not necessarily cause acne to occur but rather contributes to the already existing problem. A vitamin deficient body is more prone to to the already existing problem....
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